Joie de vivre caress our hearts
with exuberant sensitivity
delicious imagery in lush intent
to weave magic in our minds
and jolt our hearts into ecstatic delight…
It is 10-10-10!

Joy of life fill our souls, let us celebrate and
reflect on the subtle wonder of life.


Light shimmers and plays on the surging water
as it streams through our towns.

Delicate snow falls in the turbulent ocean
melting into the universal life energy.

Deservetude of leaves turn from green to red, yellow,
brown as the autumnal song serenades our streets.

Indolent grey days of winter run endlessly into each
other forcing us to retreat, to reflect on the questions of life.

Crisp sparkle of spring as light transforms grey to blue
bursting blossoms that herald rebirth.

Tenacious heat of balmy sun in summer
fills our days with warm wonder and sun soaked limbs.

Archetypal handsome man offers his strength,
experiential knowledge to mentor those in need.

Quintessential beautiful woman leads us
from intuitive intellect and feminine knowing.

Flickering thoughts that pulse new through our minds
creating ways of being, of seeing that have never been conceived.

Stumbling and fumbling towards nirvana
as the rain nourishes then dries from shadow to light.

Tangent thrills to speak a multiplicity of views in excitement
to look through a new lens to see the same thing differently. Ah.

Now is the time of:

Hung Parliaments that end with a female leader
Tied Grand Final that forces two teams to run the battle twice
Debates on Feminism asking has it won or failed? Or is it still in process?
Comedy Festivals that draw crowds wanting to laugh
Fringe Festivals that celebrate and cherish the outsider
Melbourne City is a Green City in Australia – first ever
John Lennon’s anniversary celebrating the father of peace
Artistic Online Communities where leaders are inclusive
encouraging artists to speak and contribute to knowledge making
The “Other” has a voice that is encouraged to speak and be heard!

Perhaps now is the time for:

Collaboration to win over competition
Dialogue and discussion creating new knowledge
Inner knowing respected as much as scientific investigation
Eastern and Western Ideology engaging and seeing the best in each other
Looking with fresh eyes is encouraged and engaged.

So on this perfectly balanced, historical day 10.10.10,
a day of numerical beauty and power…

I feel
a quickening of experience
a spiritual revolution that is kind
a connecting to each other through technology with no barrier
a time where hand in hand soul to soul we become one.

Happy 10.10.10 to all my beautiful RedBubble Friends!

Anthea Slade written 10.10.10


Anthea  Slade

Carlton North, Australia

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My poem also known as Joie de Vivre was written on the 10.10.10 in honour of this special day and where we are now.

My painting Joie de Vivre was painted in acrylic and mixed media on the 10.10.10.

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